AE 1145 - Interview: Japan, Language Learning, Cringey YouTube Polyglots & More with David Rajaraman - Part 2
Welcome to another awesome chin-wagging episode here on the Aussie English podcast!
Today's guest is David Rajaraman! Last time, we talked about how he went from India, to Brunei, to Australia, then to Japan, all in just about 30 years of his life
In today's episode, we talk about how David grew up bilingual then realised that that wasn't the norm in many places around the world! This seems to be specifically in English speaking countries, where most people are monolingual.
We also talk about cultural differences between Japan and Australia. Like what happens if you lose your wallet in public, or how you're treated if you have tattoos.
We talk about tight versus loose cultures. Tight, being more conservative and strict, whereas loose cultures are more relaxed and open. We even talk about the Japanese mafia known as the Yakuza.
We talk about the phenomenon of Westerner, YouTube polyglots who are learning foreign languages and native speakers being shocked when they reach an advanced level! But it's sort of puzzling why, when non-Westerners (i.e. a Chinese guy) learn English to a very advanced level, people don't seem to mind at all!
Let me know what you think about this episode! Drop me a line at email@example.com